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Tuesday, January 13 2015
Psalm 53: What Prophecy Do Atheists Fulfill For Themselves?
"The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death"
The English word "atheist" originated from a compound Greek word, atheos, which means no god. The theos part of the Greek word is the basis of the English word "theology," the study of the Word of God, which is a combination of the Greek words theos and logos.
Atheists typically believe (i.e. they paradoxically believe in not believing) that "when you're dead, you're dead" and "there is no eternal life." As it happens, they are partly right - but not in the way that they think.
Atheists are correct in that "the dead are dead." That's exactly what the Bible says ("9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing" Ecclesiastes 9:5 KJV). But the Word of God also says that there is a resurrection of the dead coming for everyone. The dead are indeed dead until their resurrection.
An example from the "dry bones" prophecy (see also David's Resurrection Prophecy and Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection; also Resurrection and Reincarnation: What's The Difference?):
"37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ezekiel 37:13-14 KJV)
The first major resurrection will happen on the day of the Messiah's return (see What Will Happen On Your Next Birthday?). The second major resurrection will happen 1,000 years later (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
"20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The other belief in disbelief that atheists have, that "there is no eternal life," is correct - for themselves. There will be no eternal life for unbelievers - or any other form of unrepentance. Unbelievers will have no eternal life because they have chosen to be unbelievers - they fulfill a prophecy that they have made for themselves. If they don't repent of their foolishness, they will bring about their own eternal death that they incorrectly say happens to everyone.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
King David saw atheists for exactly what they have always chosen to make themselves: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good."
"53:1 To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: What is the only place in the infinite universe that denies the existence of the Creator?
This Day In History
This Day In History, January 13
532: The Nika riots began in Constantinople. Over the next week, it became the most destructive riot in the history of Constantinople; half the city was severely damaged or burned and tens of thousands of people were killed. The riots began from confrontations between opposing sports fans of the chariot races.
888: Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.
1559: Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the reign of Elizabeth I began with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. During her time, Britain rose to international power and prominence, beginning colonization that produced its worldwide empire of commerce and civilization over the next 400 years. A golden age for Britain, Elizabeth's contemporaries included Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and many others whose names are familiar still today.
1610: Galileo Galilei discovered Calisto, the 4th moon of Jupiter (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1691: George Fox, English founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, died at age 66. He left the Church of England (the "Anglican" Church) at age 23 and founded the Quaker movement in 1660 at age 36.
1733: James Oglethorpe, a Member of the British Parliament, and 130 others, arrived in North America to found a new colony on the continent. He named it Georgia in honor of King George II.
1785: John Walter published the first issue of The London Times.
1842: During the Afghan Wars (in which history is being repeated again today), about 16,000 British and Indian troops were massacred in the Khyber Pass during an attempted retreat from Kabul.
1849: Vancouver Island was granted to the Hudson's Bay Company.
1849: British forces under Lord Gough defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Chillianwallah, India.
1898: French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.
1900: To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army.
1915: A massive earthquake killed over 30,000 people in Italy.
1915: South African troops under Louis Botha occupied Swakopmund in German South West Africa.
1923: Adolf Hitler denounced the Weimar Republic as 5,000 of his "storm troopers" strutted in the streets. Hitler subscribed to the self-destructive fantasy that "the more strong I am, the more right I am" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1935: In a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for incorporation into Germany.
1942: Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile. It was 30% lighter than a regular car (used less fuel) and didn't corrode like steel cars. The steel industry convinced Ford to abandon the idea and continue producing gas-guzzling, corroding cars.
1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Nazi U-boats began attacking ships off the coast of North America.
1942: During the Second World War, the first use of an aircraft ejection seat was done, by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, Raoul Wallenberg was taken into custody by Soviet forces when they took Budapest. The 34 year old Swedish diplomat saved about 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazi Holocaust before his arrest. He was never heard from again, despite diplomatic efforts by numerous nations for over 40 years after his arrest.
1976: Britain applied for credit of almost 1 billion Pounds from the International Monetary Fund.
1982: In Washington, D.C., Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River 73 seconds after takeoff. Of the 5 crew members and 74 passengers, only 6 people, 3 men and 3 women, survived the crash. The survivors waited in the frigid water for 22 minutes before a Park Service helicopter arrived to remove them from the river. A 46 year old bank executive was the first survivor to have a lifeline dropped to him from the helicopter, but he passed it to another survivor, as he repeatedly did for all of the other 5 people. When the helicopter returned the sixth time to finally rescue him, he was gone.
1993: Former East German leader Erich Honecker, under whom the Berlin Wall was built, left a Berlin prison for exile in Chile; a court freed him because he was dying.